The court on Monday issued an order to freeze controversial pastor Ezekiel Odero’s 15 bank accounts for 30 days after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) applied for an affidavit to freeze the accounts.
In the affidavit, the DCI claim Pastor Ezekiel, of New Life Prayer Center and Church, has been accused of money laundering because of his relationship with Pastor Paul Mackenzie, of the Good News International Church who is in police custody for allegations of luring members of his church to starve themselves to death to meet Jesus.
Detectives told the court that Pastor Ezekiel’s bank accounts had been receiving large transactions, which they suspect came from victims who had been radicalized to sell their properties and give Mackenzie the money.
In their petition, the detectives requested access to several bank accounts at Equity Bank, Co-op Bank, KCB and HFC Bank.
Martin Munene, a police officer assigned to DCI, told the court that the money held in the above accounts risks being transferred if the court does not order access.
As described in the applicant’s affidavit, the investigations are intended to collect evidence that confirms the financial flow as alleged.
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